February, 2010

Weekend required

Feeling: Blah


Utah is probably the best state out there when it comes to crack pot ideas. For example, working on a law that can charge women with homicide if they have a miscarriage.

Abram "sees God" in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Here is an interesting interactive chart of how effective (or ineffective as the case may be) certain supplements are. Data is based on the Cochrane Collaboration.

My NES Hacker Wiki has received several updates, and several games have been migrated into it.

No fate, but what we make

Feeling: Blah


Lung capacity returning, nose skin replenishing, cold disappearing.

Abram has enough slaves in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Teh kitteh is confused by the ice.

I've created a new Wiki for NES hacking. I've written up a couple guides that show you the basics of finding memory variables in NES games and added memory offsets for several games. I'll migrate the rest of my old hacking page into it over time and then the text tables.

Well it's enough to make you sick

Feeling: Sick


It turns out that the sore throat I had from practicing my thrash metal vocals was actually the beginning of a cold. On Monday I was feeling like crap, so I took a sick day yesterday. I'm feeling a lot better today, but I'm still taking a box of tissues where ever I go. I made it through all of 2009 without getting sick, and thanks to my newly trained immune system, I expect to get to 2011 before I get sick again.

Abram tells his slaves to murder people in the Blasphemer's Bible.

The legal system of Milan, Italy has just proven their ignorance. Back in 2006, someone posted a video of a boy with Down syndrome being abused. Google video took down the video as soon as it was flagged, but Vivi Down, an advocacy group for people with Down syndrome, demanded punishment. Rather than work with Google to find the people who uploaded the video, charges were filed against Google's CEOs, and just recently, the Milan courts found them guilty of criminal charges! This is entirely the wrong thing to do. Unless we want to have an Internet where everything must be measured for content before it's posted, this useless ruling can't happen. It would be like if I mailed you a letter bomb, and then the head of the United States Postal Service went to jail.

Speaking of disabled children--want to commit professional suicide? Why not say that disabled children are God's punishment to women who previously had abortions! That is what Bob Marshall said. This is in direct contrast to Angie the Anti-Theist who is blogging about the entire process of her abortion.

One of the reasons I have such a huge man-crush on Hugh Laurie is because he's an amazing actor. When you see him as House, he's a total prick and very imposing. However, when you see him as Hugh, he's his old timid and sweet self. You can see what I mean as he and Ellen Degeneres quiz each other on their own culture's slang.

New information has come out on that 16-year-old boy who was suspended from school after the school took pictures of him without anyone's knowledge using the webcam on his school-issued laptop. In a story that MSNBC is now calling "WebcamGate" (A "gate" suffix? Wow, that's never been done before). It turns out that the boy was eating candy, when the school took the snap shot, and they confused that with taking drugs!

Want to clean up some hard drive space? Check out Duplicate Files Finder. It's an application that will check your hard drive for duplicate files and help you delete them.

Every item on every page, in the Lillian Vernon catalogue

Feeling: Sick


God has some gross things to say about Abram's semen in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Here are 5 things that news groups love to report on even though they're not news.

Wearing a pro-Christian T-shirt for the yearbook is ok, but an anti-Christian T-shirt will get you banned.

I added some hacking notes for Galaga. You can adjust your lives, level, and score.

Good news! I'm in the top 1,000 contributors in the Wikimapia project!

Hoping to get a good night sleep for a change

Feeling: Sleepy


God gives Abram the land of Canaan in the Blasphemer's Bible... again.

If you, or anyone you know, is attending Harriton Senior High School, PA, and are using a school-issued laptop, TURN IT OFF! The school installs spyware on their laptops that allows school administrators to remotely activate the laptop's camera to monitor you! Recently, the school issued a reprimand to a student for "improper behavior in his home". They took pictures of him from his laptop to use as evidence. The school admits to installing and using their spyware, but they don't believe that they are doing anything wrong. I really hope this school receives massive disciplinary action. What would stop the school from taking pictures or video of their students while they were changing in their bedroom?

The state of Arizona has decided that the first amendment to the Constitution isn't important, and they should operate under the ideal of "majority rules". They've decided to require their government to erect a monument to the ten commandments in front of the old state Capitol. Senator Russell Pearce said, and this would be hilarious if he didn't have so much power, it's wrong to think of the Ten Commandments as "religious". Of course, the very first commandment says that all people must worship the Christian God Yahweh, and no others. Apparently, Pearce is so incredibly retarded, he can't see how that is religious in nature. He went on to say that if everyone followed the ten commandments, what a better place this would be. Sure, being executed for working on the Sabbath would only make this world a better place. Senator Sylvia Allen said that she "[doesn't] know why it would be that offensive." Here's why it's offensive Allen, the punishment listed for breaking the first commandment is execution! You're placing a monument on the government capitol implying that you're perfectly okay with murdering anyone who doesn't believe in the same invisible man in the sky as you. Furthermore, only three of the ten commandments are actually illegal in the USA: murder, stealing, and lying (while under oath).

Microsoft and Yahoo finally got the green light to team up to compete with Google.

Hacking notes have been added for Kung Fu. Notes allow for infinite energy and time.

Steve Jobs made a bold statement saying that Flash is dying. This is news to the Internet which continues to use Flash more and more. In fact, one of the primary criticisms that people have for the iPhone and iPad is that they don't support Flash. Jobs seems to believe that he will kill Flash the way he killed floppy disks. First of all, Apple doesn't kill anything. They don't have enough clout to alter the PC market. Second, software doesn't die. Unlike hardware, which requires a manufacturer to perpetually make replacements, software exists forever. I think Flash is garbage too, but until someone comes along with something that is both better and easier to use (sorry Microsoft, Silverlight doesn't count), Flash isn't going anywhere.

My lyrics archive now contains over 3,000 songs.

So I'm breaking the habit tonight

Feeling: Accomplished


I played In the Groove last night until I could barely stand up anymore. I should probably get a flash drive to keep my scores since I passed a new 10 footer!

Lot pitches his tent towards Sodom in the Blasphemer's Bible.

I've added some hacking notes for Astynax so you can get permanent invincibility, and Donkey Kong 3 where you can get infinite lives, time, power shot, plants, etc.

A free evening? What will I do?

Feeling: Happy


My Rocky Horror Picture Show pictures are up!

Abram and Lot have a family feud in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Blame Adobe's crappy Acrobat and Reader programs for allowing the majority of Internet exploits for the past year. I picked up some malware from a PDF file myself. If you have an Adobe plug-in for your web browser, now would be a good time to disable it. Try Foxit's PDF viewer instead. It's a lot faster than Adobe Reader and it doesn't nag you all the time.

It's amazing what the FDA finds when it's allowed to look at herbal supplements. Lead and arsenic are awfully common.

Here are some of the most beautiful natural arches found on Earth.

I want to come again and stay

Feeling: Happy


Rocky Horror Picture Show is over and done. It feels weird knowing that I'll won't be spending my evenings rushing to rehearsal and staying up into the wee hours of the morning with the cast. I have a lot of fond memories of the production, and a lot of pictures that I will post tomorrow.

Abram goes back to his roots in the Blasphemer's Bible.

In case you haven't heard, Obama is trying to get the US military to get rid of the bigoted "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy. I fully agree and think the policy has no business in modern society. Granted, if the policy is removed, I'll have to do more than hum a few bars of "The Sound of Music" to protect myself from being used as cannon fodder to lower gas prices, but I'm willing to take that risk. There are, of course, plenty of dissenting views from closed-minded slack-jawed rednecks, none of which are valid. One argument is that soldiers won't feel comfortable if they receive unwanted ogling from other men. Welcome to the life of every woman ever. If not that, there's always the, "God hates dem queers!" argument. However, my favorite argument comes from Republican Roy Blunt. He thinks that getting rid of "don't ask don't tell" will make our soldiers a bigger target for terrorists! The argument works like this: Sure, our military assault on Muslims is an affront to their culture, religion, and very lives, but now we've got homos shooting at them too, so they'll be especially willing to blow themselves up. That's logic.

Speaking of slack-jawed rednecks, the "great" state of Texas has, once again, made me lose faith in both humanity and the legal system. I'm surprised their nurses didn't strike after what happened. The nurses in questions have been acquitted, but it doesn't look like anything is going to happen to the quack Dr. Rolando G. Arafiles Jr., the corrupt Sheriff Robert L. Roberts Jr., or the pathetic county attorney Scott M. Tidwell. All three men totally have a hard-on for each other, and had no business being part of the same case together.

What kind of world are we living in when people still believe that rape victims deserve to be raped?

Ever play a Flash game that involves a villain called the Sperminator who has penises for arms and shoots evil semen at you and you have to answer trivia questions about STDs? Yeah, it's awesome!

Have you ever heard the useless religious argument, "if people don't believe in a vindictive punishing God, then what would stop them from murdering and raping everyone?" Research proves their argument is invalid.

It's amazing how easily flu-shot-induced-dsytonia can be cured, all it takes is a hidden camera!

Those Islamic head scarves hide more than just a woman's face, they also hide beards. Luckily, you can always get an annulment! Joining of souls indeed!

Apple tried to convince us all that they weren't evil by getting rid of DRM on iTunes, but their new iBook store will open DRM intactus.

Yes Dr. Scott! A laser capable of emitting a beam of pure anti-matter!

Feeling: Excited


Be sure to keep The Onion in your prayers.

Abram sells his wife as a whore in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Have you ever played chess on a roller coaster?

Tonight is the last dress rehearsal for Rocky Horror Picture Show before we go live! Soooo excited!

Yes Dr. Scott! A laser capable of emitting a beam of pure anti-matter!

Feeling: Cheery


The Federal Appeals court just single-handedly destroyed Internet free speech. They upheld a ruling which gives prosecutors the legal right to bring up charges on any person who puts something on the Internet that any community in the country deems illegal. The case involved pornography, but it applies to everything on the Internet. Here's how it will work--let's say that I created a web page that criticized congress, and everyone in the country is perfectly okay with my web page except a small town called Hicksville in Florida. Well, thanks to this new ruling, the hicks of Hicksville can prosecute me because someone in their town viewed my web site. First of all, if you don't like what I put on the Internet, DON'T LOOK AT IT! It's not like the Internet is forcing itself down your throat, you have to actively work to view it! Second, it is impossible to block Internet traffic down to a city level, or even a state level! Internet traffic can be rerouted so easily that even an amateur in Georgia can surf the web and have everyone think he's from Japan. This ruling will most likely be appealed to the Supreme Court, but it's insulting to our country's freedom to see it get this far.

Speaking of putting things on the Internet that some US cities may deem illegal, Abram and Sarai make it to Egypt in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Today at work, I had to fix a client's computer, but it wasn't logged in, and nobody on site knew the password. So, employing my expert hacking skills taught to me by a Tibetan monk, I guessed "password", and I was right.

Does your daughter wear jeans and date men? You better kill her!

Utah passed a bill that allows women to receive an ultrasound in order to hear their baby's heartbeat before getting an abortion. The purpose of this bill, whether Utah lawmakers will admit to it or not, is to guilt women out of abortions. However, I'm actually okay with that aspect of the bill. The stupidity of the bill comes from the fact that the ultrasound is allowed as early as three weeks into their pregnancy. At three weeks there is no baby, there isn't even a fetus. There is a millimeter long embryo composed of stem cells. No heart is present, therefore, no heartbeat could possibly be detected. The heart doesn't form and begin beating until around week six.

It's always fun to see stuff about evolution from the UK, where the majority of the people believe in it. Here is a game show where contestants comedic ally argue topics. When evolution was brought up, even the against side had a hard time creating a valid argument.

Winter is a lot colder when you shave your beard. Since the character I'll be playing (Riff Raff) lacks facial hair, I had to trim away my beard. I don't like the way I look without facial hair, but at least I had some fun with chronicling all the various styles I'd never normally wear. Check out my incremental steps: lumberjack, the redneck, the biker, cop stache, sexy cop, hoity toity, the Hitler, the dork.

Dress rehearsal tonight for Rocky Horror Picture Show.

We're gonna shake it 'til the life has gone!

Feeling: Cheery


Lightning in slow motion is awesome!

Family Guy isn't the least bit original, but we eat it up anyway.

One last day off from Rocky Horror, and then Wed-Sun it's nothing but Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Abram and Sarai head to Egypt in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Google will pay $1,337 to those who find particularly vulnerable bugs in Chrome. Geeks will understand the payment.

Want to see what it's like in the International Space Station?

Let the party and the sounds rock on!

Feeling: Cheery


I had a dream this morning that closely resembled the movie Cloverfield, which is odd because I haven't even thought about the movie in over a year. Also, the monster looked like a giant tapir.

Rehearsal lasted for about six hours on Sunday, but it was totally worth it. We began by painting set pieces, took a two hour break, played some de-virginzing games, and did a full movie run through and then some dance recaps. It went a lot smoother, and everything is pulling together; we're on track to have an amazing show!

In case you missed the Super Bowl commercials, here are the best ones.

Abram builds some masturbation altars in the Blasphemer's Bible.

I've added hacking notes for 8 Eyes and Battletoads to the NES hacking page. For each game you can get infinite hit points and infinite lives, among other things.

Ever write down quiz answers on your hand and then get caught cheating? So did Sarah Palin.

By the light of the night, it'll all be all right. I'll get you a Hispanic mechanic!

Feeling: Happy


I almost bricked my MP3 player last night by dropping it. When I picked it up and checked to see if it was ok, I got a solid white screen. The backlight still worked, and the D-pad still affected it, but I wasn't getting any display. I opened it up, reset the leads to the LCD, and got it working again. Phew! It currently has a duct tape patch job all around the edges. I really need to replace it soon.

Abram chit-chats with God in the Blasphemer's Bible.

This morning's environment report on NPR talked about ancient trees being cut down to make toilet paper. The reporter mentioned that the trees had been around before the time of Jesus and Moses. I understand that the purpose of using those characters was to impress some awe at how old the trees were, but the point is quite invalid. First of all, there is little proof that Jesus ever existed, and even less for Moses. Secondly, if they did exist, we don't really know when they were born, Moses especially. To understand my point more clearly, replace the biblical figures with other figures from mythology that also probably didn't exist. For example, the trees are older than Hercules and Achilles, or the trees are older than Mother Goose and Jack and Jill. See, it's pretty ridiculous.

An equality bill in the UK was shot down. The purpose of the bill was to stop UK churches from discriminating against homosexuals and transgender people, but churches will continue to ban anyone who doesn't meet their straight-sexual orientation mandate. This is entirely unfair, since, in the UK, churches are sponsored by the government, and therefore should obey the will of the people. It only took the words of Pope Benedict "Darth Sidious" XVI to stop the bill from going through because he said that homosexuals go against the "natural law". Listen folks, the pope wears a black dress with a pink beanie and never has sex. Do you really think you should trust him to explain the "natural law" of sex?

I've added some Super Mario Bros. 3 hacking notes. With the info you can have infinite lives, infinite time, put any item in your inventory, keep any item in your inventory, and never lose your power-ups.

Several updates have been made to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation Wiki thanks to myself and contributer Doommaster1994.

Rehearsal went well last night. It's great to work on a real stage again! Going again tonight.

I think perhaps you better both... GET LOST!

Feeling: Happy


Many Christians want atheists out of America. Well, what would happen if that were the case?

Two recaps on stories I posted about before. The motivational speaker who caused the death of three people and hospitalized 18 others was charged with manslaughter. It turns out that forcing your clients to remain in sweat lodges in order to help them grow spiritually and financially (after charging them over $9,000), is actually irresponsible. This guy was promoting his methods on Oprah and Larry King, but I doubt they will retract those shows. The second story is the Oregon couple that killed their son by refusing to take him to a doctor after he couldn't urinate. The child died an extremely painful death of kidney failure, having never once seen a doctor because his parents were quite sure that their prayers to God would heal him. The couple was convicted of criminally negligent homicide.

Abram gets blessed by God to the extreme in the Blasphemer's Bible.

An anti-evolution bill in the state of Mississippi was nothing to do with the protest!

Normally, I don't like to give Rush Limbaugh any more attention than he already gets, but this clip of him is especially telling. Here, he claims that global warming couldn't possibly exist, because God would never give humans the ability to destroy our environment. Apparently, God won't let us cut down entire forests and wipe out entire species, nope, can't happen! This viewpoint is actually not that uncommon in Christian rhetoric. Limbaugh goes on to say that the tons of carbon that we're introducing into our atmosphere is actually beneficial to the environment, because plants breathe carbon dioxide. He, of course, ignores the massive amount of pollutants that go up with the burning of fossil fuels, the greenhouse effect that a carbon-rich atmosphere causes, and doesn't seem to realize that HUMANS AREN'T PLANTS!

I've discovered two nice utilities for Windows, Shell Ex View and File Type Manager. Together, they give you means to clean up all your context menus and clear out all those annoying programs that you never use.

We get to rehearse tonight on the actual stage that we'll be performing on! I can't wait!

You came here on a PORPOISE!

Feeling: Okay


Just when you thought it was safe to email!

The mass overdose of homeopathic medicine 10:23 campaign went off without a hitch. Over 400 skeptics took more than the suggested amount of homeopathic pills, and yet, oddly enough, none of them had any ill effects whatsoever. This was to protest the UK pharmaceutical chain Boots, who sells and promotes homeopathic preparations even though they admit that they don't work, but they they sell them because their customers believe they do.

The Abram clan travels to Canaan in the Blasphemer's Bible.

The new call is that corporations should receive the same first amendment rights as people. Thus, they may spend billions promoting political candidates. I can't wait to see the results.

For those of you who live in the area and are a little on the alt side, you sould come see me playing the role of Riff Raff in the Rocky Horror Picture Show from Feb. 12th-14th. See this flier for more details.

Brain teaser: Jack is looking at Anne but Anne is looking at George. Jack is married, but George is not. Is a married person looking at an unmarried person? Yes / No / Cannot be determined.

You've come a long way baby!

The Lancet, original publisher of the Wakefield MMR study, has just issued a full retraction of the study that linked autism to the MMR vaccination. So far, the aftermath has been that several tests have failed to reproduce the results of Wakefield's test, Wakefield himself was discredited and will likely be brought up on charges, the fear of the vaccination has caused measles outbreaks to infect thousands, some resulting in death, and autism wasn't affected one way or the other. Anti-vaxers will no doubt that this retraction as just another sign that our government is trying to hide the truth about the secret mind-control devices hidden in the vaccine hypodermics.

More rehearsal tonight!

But maybe the rain, isn't really to blame...
No, Sue's to blame! Didn't you read the credits?

Feeling: Cold Sore


I played lots of DDR last night. I also finally had a free night to do some laundry. I'm still about four loads behind with the hectic schedule! Also, not being able to sleep is good for Rocky practice. From 1-2 AM I was going over my steps and visualizing all of my moves during the dialog.

Another study has been released that demonstrates how herbs like ginko bilobo and St. John's wort interfere with heart medication.

More misogyny has been brought to light, thanks to the Blasphemer's Bible.

For those of you who live in the area and are a little on the alt side, you sould come see me playing the role of Riff Raff in the Rocky Horror Picture Show from Feb. 12th-14th. See this flier for more details.

Happy birthday shout out to my mother!

I see you shiver with antici... pation!

Feeling: Cold Sore


I had a pretty awesome weekend. Friday night I hung out with Nichole, whom I haven't seen in, like, forever! We watched Rocky Horror Picture Show, ate turkey chili, and I attempted to fix her sad dried up husk of a computer.

Saturday, I headed down to Detroit to visit the DIA with Emily. I totally fell in love with the Dutch Golden Age, a movement I knew almost nothing about. I also ranted about how awful contemporary art can be. I'll give you an example, a work created by Kazimir Malevich sold for $1,000,000. It is titled "Black Square". Can you guess what it looks like? It's a friggin black square! One MILLION dollars people! That is an insult to any art that requires more than a preschooler's skill level.

Later that evening, I went to Rocky rehearsal where things are really shaping up. Sunday afternoon was spent buying panties, high heels, and fishnets with some other cast members, then more DDR, then I watched the Flint City Derby Girls play an exhibition game between Vehicle City Vixens and the Heartbreak Hustlers. It was an very close and exciting game, and Lexie Pro (AKA Jackie) took MVP!

This is pretty typical for arguments for the existence of God.

The Tower of Babel quickly disappears in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Scott Roeder, was found guilty of murder, and will probably get the first 50 years without parole. This is because Roeder snuck up on Doctor George Tiller, pointed a gun to the back of his head, and shot him in front of several witnesses. Roeder claims that he murdered the doctor to prevent abortions and save the lives of babies. Because of his sincere convictions, the defense tried to get him a manslaughter charge, but the judge decided against it, and a jury needed a mere 37 minutes to declare him guilty of murder. Roeder is an example of someone who truly believes that abortion is murder. If other pro-life people really believed abortion is the exact same as murder, they should be just like him. Think about it--what would you do if you actually saw a person murdering 2-year-olds? If you're like most people, you would run to the rescue and fight off the murderer with violent force. What you wouldn't do it put a bumper sticker on your car and write a letter to your senator. Most pro-life people don't murder doctors because they recognize that abortion is not the same as murder, even if they're not willing to admit it.

64 things every geek should know.

Science bless the doctors who created acyclovir. My cold sores are smaller and heal up faster. 4 weeks of healing is now one week!

10 Christians were arrested in Haiti for trying to take 33 orphans out of Haiti with them. For centuries, Haitian children have been abducted and sold off as part of the slave and sex trades. The Christians claimed to have the best intentions in mind, like getting those children away from their own Satanic Voodoo culture and getting a bible in their hands. Thus, I made this comic.